Helicopter-style drones with 1.8 gigapixel cameras being developed by US Army.

New Helicopter style drone with 1.8 Gigapixel colour camera are bieng developed by the United States Army to track and monitor activity on the ground report BBC.


Drones will be equipped  with Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System. In addtion to that, it will be based on 1.8 Gigapixel camera offering resolutions 900 times the resolutions of 2 Megapixel camera, largest video sensor used ever before in tactical missions. The system is capable of providing  real time video stream at the rate of 10 FPS which is enough to track people from altitudes above 20,000 feet.

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Munster, product manager at the US Army’s Unmanned Aerial System Modernization unit said, "These aircraft will deploy for up to one full year as a way to harness lessons learned and funnel them into a program of record."

Test flights will be carried out in Arizona at the start of the year before they are shipped to the Middle East.

Source: BBC  | Image Credit: BBC